Can Castor Bean Seeds Survive Freezing?

As with many seeds, castor bean seeds can survive freezing if they are properly dried before being chilled. Dry castor bean seeds with an equal weight of silica gel in a closed container for five days before freezing. This replicates scientific seed preservation, where lab workers condition seeds by holding them for several weeks at 40 degrees Fahrenheit and 25 percent humidity before long-term storage at zero degrees.

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